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De Bonn à Berlin : territoires, mémoires et échelles du politique

Abstract : After the reunification of its territory, the Federal Republic of Germany decided to transfer its Parliament and its government from Bonn to Berlin, where they had been located since 1949. This relocation of power gives the opportunity to question territory and urban dynamics in relation to the capital city function. This function has evolved specifically in the urban networks, with logics of memory, symbols and representation of power. To be a capital means at the same time to get an urban function with particular employment possibilities, social networks, and significant influence within the state as well as beyond national boundaries. This research emphasizes the case of power districts, because they carry their own structures in relation with the daily practice of politics, administration and of other related sectors like diplomacy, media and lobbying. Internal structures of these power centres do not only show urban planning choices but a whole conception of the role of a state and reveals the national history. The transfer of the German parliament and government from Bonn to Berlin allows to investigate these themes with different space and time scales. Berlin inherits a spatial structure that was developed in the contexts of Bonn's democratic culture. At the same time, however, Berlin's urban fabric shows traces of its history as a centre of power under the Empire, the Nazi Regime or during the GDR period. Spaces of politics in the German capital become a testing laboratory which reveals the behaviour of the political function from the street to the global level.
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Antoine Laporte. De Bonn à Berlin : territoires, mémoires et échelles du politique. Géographie. Université Paris-Diderot - Paris VII; université du Luxembourg, 2011. Français. ⟨tel-00743860⟩

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